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Elections Guide

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At NUS Wales Conference 2020, the following roles are being elected:

  • NUS Wales President. This is one 2-year, full-time student officer position. 
  • Steering Committee Members. There are five 2-year voluntary positions. 

 

Information for voters 

All student delegates registered for NUS Wales Conference 2020 will be able to vote in elections. Any changes a member students’ union wishes to make to its nominated delegates must be received by the NUS Events team no later than Friday 17 January at 17:00.

All voting will take place online, which requires all delegates to be registered with their individual PREFFERED email address. Delegates will be issued their ballot via email. Delegates must provide the correct email address to their students’ union when registering or 

Candidate information and manifestos will be circulated to delegates in advance of the elections.

Voting for the NUS Wales President will open in advance of conference on Monday 10 February and close Wednesday 26 February midday. Delegates may cast their ballot ahead of conference and will be able to change their vote at any point until polls close.  

Steering committee elections will take place during the NUS Wales Conference 2020 with key timings announced then. 

An online question time for candidates will be held in the weeks leading up to conference. Delegates will be able to find out more about the candidates, ask questions and listen to the discussion in their own time. 

All elections will run on the UnionCloud software. 

 

Information for potential candidates 

Becoming a candidate for NUS Wales President

There are three stages to becoming a candidate in an NUS election. These are: 

1. Determining eligibility 

2. Gathering information for voters 

3. Submitting an application

 

  1. Determining eligibility 

Candidates must be a current student or sabbatical officer at a students’ union which is an affiliated member of NUS and based in Wales. 

Candidates also need to be nominated by other students or officers from member students’ unions in Wales. Nominations must include: five nominations from students or sabbatical officers in five different member students’ unions. Only one nomination can come from the candidate’s students’ union. At least two of the candidate’s nominators must be from further education institutions. 

 

  1. Telling Voters about yourself 

Candidates should prepare information about themselves, which NUS Wales will distribute to all delegates ahead of the election. This includes: 

  • A head and shoulders photograph 
  • A 100-word statement answering the question: Why do you want to represent students in Wales as their NUS Wales President? 
  • Links to the candidate’s social media accounts 

None of the above information is mandatory; it is however beneficial for both the candidate and the delegates. Submit this by the deadline for submitting the candidate application. Any information received after the deadline cannot be guaranteed for inclusion. 

Candidates will not submit a manifesto at the time of application. NUS Wales will hold a candidate briefing on Monday 20 January. The candidate briefing is mandatory and will explain the election process, the role and expectations. A manifesto questionnaire will be provided to all candidates; this should be submitted bilingually in an unformatted Word document by Friday 24 January at 17:00.  

 

  1. Submitting an application 

Candidates with all their nominations and information should use the form within the link below to submit their nomination: https://www.nusforms.org.uk/mach1/machform/view.php?id=422009 

The deadline to submit your nomination is Friday 17 January at 17:00. 

Any applications made after the deadline will not be considered. Allow plenty of time to account for any technical issues. Once an application has been submitted, the candidate will receive an automatic email. If you do not receive this email, the candidate must let us know before the deadline by emailing democracy@nus.org.uk.

 

Becoming a Wales Steering Committee candidate 

Nominations for Wales Steering Committee will open and close at the Conference and will be open to all delegates and observers attending. Details will be given during Conference registration on Wednesday 26 February 2020.